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Shipping: Lost Property

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many shipping containers have been lost overboard in UK waters in each year since 2006. (249471)

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) does not have a separate database to record the loss of containers. The MCA operates databases to record incidents, including recording where containers are lost overboard.

The MCA relies on ships reporting loss of containers in accordance with national and European legislation.

To give a specific number would require a manual interrogation of the incident recording system and that would incur disproportionate costs.